Guwahati/ 20th September’2017 (Prag News Desk): After the demise of NSCN-K chairman SS Khaplang in June, there was already the tittle-tattle of split within the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) into three factions.
Now the militants of the North East region, who are staying in Myanmar, are in an oblivious air as the security agencies are keeping a close eye in the outfit, which is without its Godfather.
However, after Khango Konyak has taken over as the chairman of the NSCN (K), who is originally from India is now creating doubts over Konyak’s credibility to hold the same authority over the Naga villages located across the international borders.
According to high held sources, the total strength of the militants of the North East in Myanmar would be around 2,000. The NSCN(K) has the highest number of at least seven to eight hundred armed militants apart from a large number of sympathizers. The security agencies have estimated the strength of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) to be around two hundred while, the strength of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (S) is around 150. All the Manipur-based outfits also have sizeable strength in Myanmar, who are inturn supported by its commoners including many Naga villagers along the International border. In fact, the militants of the North East have to take passes issued by the village heads on the other side of the international border to pass through to sneak into India and this system has been going on for some time.
Here, the the ULFA(I) commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah has played a key role in the formation of the umbrella outfit and was considered the deputy of Khaplang. however, the same persistent issue of trust denied Paresh Baruah to become the leader.
Although, the intense counter insurgency operations in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh is becoming a hindrance for the militant organization to penetrate into India in larger groups, yet sources have confirmed that militants are sneaking into India from their bases in Myanmar by taking the geographical advantage.
Now, time will only be preserved to judge Konyak’s authority and acceptence that will be the shape-shifter of the fate for NSCN(K).